Bucs honor Provencal; place 2nd at invite

Division 3 powerhouse Shelby captured the team title at Saturday's Adam Provencal Invitational, held at Grand Haven High School. The host Buccaneers also didn't disappoint, taking runner-up honors and trailing the champion Tigers by just three points in the finals standings.
Nate Thompson
Jan 9, 2012


The Bucs had four weight class champions — Camden Bertucci at 103 pounds; Dakota Juarez at 152; Matt Mulcahy at 189; and Ian Radde at heavyweight.

The tournament is held as an annual tribute to Provencal, a former Grand Haven soccer and wrestling standout who was tragically killed during an accidental shooting on Halloween night in 1992.

“This tournament was held before that but it was just called the Big Buc,” said Provencal’s father, Grand Haven Athletic Director Jack Provencal. “When Adam passed, as a labor of love they decided to re-name it in his honor. People have been coming back for 20 years to help out. Alumni and officials come back year after year to make sure it runs smoothly.

“As a father, it’s very emotional. It’s just a great tournament. Everyone here considers each other family because we’ve spent so much time together over the years doing this.”

Provencal said Grand Haven coach James Richardson makes it a point at informing the current Buccaneer wrestlers the type of athlete and person Adam was.

“James actually wrestled for me at another school district, so I was very greatful when he came back (to Grand Haven) to coach,” Provencal said. “Clearly, he lets his kids know about Adam. James knew Adam. He was just a young boy then.”

The Bucs also had strong showings from Connor Moynihan and Garrett Kelly on Saturday, as they each placed second in their weight class. Garret Young, Allen Torres and Abraham Westerman placed third.


Fruitport continued its strong early-season start, as the Trojans went 5-0 at the Romeo Invitational on Saturday.

The Trojans defeated a pair of powerhouse teams in Richmond and Highland Park at the event, and also scored wins over Yale, Romeo and Grand Blanc.

David Vanbergen had two pins during his 4-0 day at 135 and Dakota Zimmer wnet 3-0 at 130 pounds to lead the Trojans.


Spring Lake senior Andrew Hissom recorded his 100th career win during Saturday’s East Grand Rapids’ Pioneer Duals.

Hissom went 5-0 during the day, but the Lakers finished just 2-3 during the tournament. The Lakers scored wins against Wyoming Lee (46-20) and Newaygo (51-24).

Also going undefeated at 5-0 for the Lakers were Tyler Nietering, Harry Kriger, and Jake Chittenden. Heavyweight Bill Belcher also had a strong day with a 4-1 record.


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